The KERN Suite: Taming the Radio Astronomy Software Ecosystem

The building and installation of scientific software for use in radio astronomy can be a daunting task. This becomes inadequate because these software tools do not get substantial utilisation by most of the scientific community. KERN is a released set of radio astronomical software packages available for long term supported (LTS) Ubuntu operating systems. It contains most of the standard tools that a radio astronomer needs to work with radio telescope data. The goal of KERN is to save time and prevent frustration in setting up scientific pipelines and to assist in achieving scientific reproducibility. Our packaging procedure makes extensive use of git and the packages are published to Launchpad. The current release of KERN is KERN-6 and is based on Ubuntu 18.04 (Bionic). The upcoming release of KERN will be based on Ubuntu 20.04 (focal). A status update will be provided on the latest and upcoming releases of KERN.

Theme – Data Processing Pipelines and Science-Ready Data, Open Source Software and Community Development in Astronomy